New Ship Rules Come Amid Worst Barge Spills Since 2008

By Harry R. Weber and Dan Murtaugh Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Tighter regulation of U.S. ships carrying record exports of diesel and gasoline is coming amid the worst year for oil spills from barges since 2008. Coast Guard rules to be issued within the next 90 days would require commercial vessels nationwide to be equipped with Automatic Identification System, or AIS, … [Read more...]

Regulating LNG | Q&A with Transport Canada

Transport Canada is the federal body responsible for transportation safety and regulation.  Their Marine departments have been working to support the industry in managing the development of LNG as a marine fuel - in safety. At a national level, how have you been working with industry to support progress in efforts to use LNG as a marine bunker fuel? Transport Canada is … [Read more...]

Shipping’s Regulatory Framework Shames the Industry

By Bill Redmond It would not be unreasonable to ask if now is the time for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to be administered an effective enema, such has been their egg-bound deliberations on certain maritime safety issues, which continue to exact their lethal, heavy toll. In releasing its findings on the sinking of the general cargo ship, Swanland, in the … [Read more...]

Environmental Rules Will Cost Ship Owners a Half Trillion Dollars

June 4 (Bloomberg) -- Shipping faces $500 billion in extra costs to meet environmental legislation at a time when a rout in rates has become so severe that some owners are struggling to maintain vessel safety. The industry will need $50 billion a year between 2015 and 2025 to meet sulfur-emission rules and other regulations, Masamichi Morooka, chairman of the International … [Read more...]

7 Ships Detained in UK Ports Due to Shameful Discrepancies

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that seven foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during August 2012 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Here is the list of those ships, and the outrageous discrepancies found by Port State inspectors... Vessel name: - Sam Phoenix (Bulk Carrier) Imo No: - 9588407 Flag: - Hong … [Read more...]